Sun, Oct 07, 2007
As Wilbur and Orville Wright were discovering the ups -- and the
downs -- of powered flight, you can bet they bent a few airframes.
All you have to do is check their diaries.
"It happened to the Wright brothers on a daily basis," Ann
Honious, a National Park Service historian, told the Dayton Daily
So a true replica of a Wright plane could very well suffer the
same fate, right?
Mark Dusenberry found it out the hard way Friday morning at
Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Ohio.
As a crowd of more than 2,000 people gathered to celebrate the
102nd anniversary of the Wright Flyer III, Dusenberry flew about
15-feet above the ground. As he entered a slow, gentle bank, one of
his wings scraped the ground and the Wright replica promptly packed
Dusenberry was unhurt in the accident.
"When he crashed, I was just scared," 9-year old Gavin Ransom
told the Daily News. "When I saw the ambulance, it didn't
But if Dusenberry wasn't hurt in the crash, he's certainly more
than a little disappointed.
"This is the most damage I've ever had," the Ohio Department of
Transportation Engineer said.
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